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Forum Post: A Corporate Manual of Fair Practices

Posted 12 years ago on Oct. 26, 2011, 5:08 p.m. EST by playnice (0)
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Define the problem You’re frustrated with the current economic system because it’s not working, it’s not sustainable, and it’s not nourishing to the planet and the people. We do need change. Focus energy to resolve the problem Use your purchasing power to facilitate change. A proposal My proposal is to create a non-profit organization that prepares an ethical corporate policy manual. Corporations that agree to operate under the ethical policies are recognized for their corporate citizenship. The 99% agree to spend their money at approved corporations. Eventually all corporations will want the approval and support of the 99% because they won’t survive without it. End result Our culture will change expectations of behavior, and the norm will be ethical and sustainable corporations. Why will it work? Peer pressure and economic competition. Remember smoking? Ew! Who was recycling 25 years ago? The challenge Find common ground and agree on acceptable corporate activity. Identify where the real problems are, and expose actions that aren’t sustainable. Give people and corporations a choice. Create a policy manual for corporations. Examples/Ideas Possible items to consider in the manual: Executive pay is tied to the lowest paid earner at the corporation. Pension plans and health benefits for executives is the same that rank and file employees enjoy. (Congress!) If a corporation operates under the ethical guidelines they get to use the logo that the non-profit creates to let 99% of the buyers know where to spend. The entire program is voluntary, no government regulations are needed. If information is available on corporate actions and most important, if there is a choice of which corporations to support, changes will happen. In order to succeed, there will have to be a bank, a credit card company, and an insurance company that participates. It isn’t an easy task, but it is something to ponder while occupying parks. It’s something to offer the voracious appetite of the media. What do you think?



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